Polycom Announces Winners of Its First App Developer Contest, Awards X2O Media Top Award for Creating a Live and On-Demand Video Content Delivery App With Polycom RealPresence APIs

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Proton Media named finalist with a collaboration tool unifying the virtual and
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VQ Communications named runner up for a scheduling and call management
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VANCOUVER, Canada--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced the winners of its
first App Developer Contest, challenging individuals and companies to submit
solutions using Polycom RealPresence open application programming interfaces
(APIs) to extend the value of the Polycom RealPresence Platform - the most
comprehensive and interoperable UC&C software infrastructure for universal video
collaboration. The winners were announced today during the company`s annual
sales and partner conference, TEAM Polycom 2013 in Vancouver, held February 4-7,
2013.

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X2O Media, winner of the Polycom App Developer Contest, displays content on a
video kiosk and digital signage. (Photo: Business Wire)

Polycom named three winners of the contest who received cash prizes and other
recognition.

* X2O Media won the grand prize with an application that delivers live and
on-demand video content to digital signage devices, Polycom VVX IP phones, and
video kiosks. The application uses APIs for Polycom video content management,
video conferencing and IP phone systems to provide a comprehensive multi-channel
video delivery solution. For example, a training session conducted via video
conferencing can be captured and streamed to a variety of devices, so training
content can be swiftly shared with more people. 
* Proton Media was named finalist with an application that combines Polycom
video, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SharePoint in a persistent, web-based
immersive environment bringing face-to-face collaboration to an interactive
virtual world. 
* VQ Communication was named runner up for the integration of their VQ Ignite
scheduling and call management application with the Polycom video conferencing
platform.

X2O Media of Canada, Proton Media from the United States, and VQ Communications
from the United Kingdom reflect the global nature of unified communications and
video collaboration. Other registered contestants came from Australia, France,
Hong Kong, India, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Spain. Their applications
serve a wide variety of use cases including user interface integrations,
vertical application extensions, and a programming language layer added to the
Polycom RealPresence Media Management solution for content creation and
publishing. 

"The creativity we saw in the submissions was astounding," said Sudhakar
Ramakrishna, President of Products and Services, Polycom. "It was a tough
decision narrowing it down to our three winners. We had applications that
organize video conferences on mobile devices such as iPads and others that
create complete virtual collaboration environments featuring Polycom video.
Ultimately, it came down to X2O Media and their comprehensive application for
multi-channel video delivery, a solution that is requested by many of our
customers. We`re so pleased with the response to the contest; it`s a real
validation of the Polycom RealPresence Platform software infrastructure and the
power of video collaboration." 

The contest, which ran from December 2012 through January 2013, was open to
Polycom partners as well as third party companies and individuals. A panel of
judges determined the winners based on five criteria: commercial applicability,
user experience, productivity, third-party application integration, and
innovation. 

About the Polycom RealPresence Platform software infrastructure and open APIs

Polycom RealPresence Platform software infrastructure provides robust
provisioning, management, scalability, reliability, flexibility, and security.
In October of 2012, Polycom announced enhancements to the RealPresence Platform,
including the industry`s first open standards-based SVC (Scalable Video Coding),
with 3X HD multipoint video call capacity for greater scalability, dramatically
lower TCO, superior performance, and backwards- and forwards-compatibility to
protect customer investments-all available through a software update.
Additionally, the RealPresence Platform software offers multi-tenant
capabilities so customers can use a single physical Polycom RealPresence
Resource Manager solution to support multiple video deployments, optimizing
resource investments and reducing operating costs. 

In July 2012, Polycom announced a rich new suite of open APIs that facilitate
the development of custom applications and extend the value of the RealPresence
Platform. Polycom is providing independent software vendors (ISVs), systems
integrators, service providers and customers with open APIs and software
development kits (SDKs) to test, create, and ultimately deliver new software
applications and solutions that integrate with the RealPresence Platform
software and provide added value to video collaboration environments. Aimed at
making video collaboration easier to integrate into everyday business processes,
the APIs allow developers to tailor applications to seamlessly integrate with
Polycom RealPresence video solutions such as provisioning, scheduling,
conference management, billing, and resource reporting. ISVs and enterprise
customers can obtain the APIs and SDKs and participate in a developer forum at
developer.polycom.com. Organizations seeking formal testing and validation of
their applications and integrations and engagement in go-to-market promotional
activities with Polycom can do so by joining the Polycom Technology Partner
Program. To learn more, visit
www.polycom.com/partners/become-a-partner/technology-partners.html. 

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit
www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. 

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided
for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided
without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to
modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications
referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if
available basis. 

© 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM, the Polycom logo, and the
names and marks associated with Polycom`s products are trademarks and/or service
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